Yoga guru detained at Heathrow

A spiritual leader who was due to lead a 1,500-strong yoga class was held at Heathrow and stopped from entering the country, according to his supporters. They claim Swami Ramdevji, who apparently has 85 million followers, was detained for eight hours

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Yoga guru allowed to stay in UK after detention at Heathrow

Spiritual leader Swami Ramdevji, aka Baba Ramdev, was allowed to remain in the UK last night after an eight hour detention at Heathrow that saw hundreds of followers come to the airport to support him.

Guru Swami Ramdevji and Keith Vaz MP at Heathrow following his release last night Credit: PA

He was allowed to remain with help from Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP, who also turned up at Heathrow to show his support and vowed to fully investigate the reasons for his detention. The guru will now stay until Tuesday when he was due to return home.

Mr Vaz said "It is still a matter of concern to his many supporters and thousands of people who couldn't be here today that he should have been treated in the way he was treated when he arrived at Heathrow.

"No Indian citizen with a valid visa entering the UK for lawful purposes should be held in this way.

"This is a very serious situation that occurred."

The Home Office said it refused to comment on individual cases.

Detained yoga guru was "a guest of the Queen"

Supporters of spiritual leader Swami Ramdevji, or Baba Ramdev, say the last time he visited the UK he was a guest of the Queen herself - despite being detained last night at Heathrow for eight hours.

Omparkash Yadav, a group organiser and associate of the guru said "It is not an issue with his visa, that was given by the British High Commission within four days.

"He has been here six or seven times before - the first time in 2006 he was a guest of the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the second time he was a guest of Tony Blair at the House of Commons.

"There has never been a problem before."

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Yoga guru 'detained at Heathrow for eight hours'

A spiritual leader who was due to lead a 1,500-strong yoga class was detained at Heathrow and stopped from entering the country, according to his supporters.

They claim that Swami Ramdevji, 47, was stopped at the airport last night and held for eight hours.

Swami Ramdevji, aka Baba Ramdev, in 2010

Ramdevji, also known as Baba Ramdev, reportedly has an 85 million strong following worldwide. He was given a 24-hour visa after the incident and instructed to return to Terminal Five this afternoon, when his supporters fear he will be thrown out of the country.

The reason for his detention is not yet clear, but reports in Indian media suggest he arrived to the UK on a tourist visa instead of a business visa.

The organisers of his visit said they have contacted Hindu temples throughout the UK asking for supporters to protest at the airport against the move.

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